The city of Montreal has launched an intervention plan to ensure the well-being of its citizens during the extreme heat wave.
According to the Ville de Montreal website, part of the city’s strategy is to have firefighters and police visit the most vulnerable neighbourhoods and offer door-to-door counsel to citizens who are most affected by the heat.
This includes areas where there’s less greenery and temperatures can be five degrees higher than the forecasted high.
The city and its related boroughs and municipalities have also extended the opening hours of their play fountains, pools, and air-conditioned facilities.
Close to 17,000 litres of water have also been distributed to organizations that provide assistance to the homeless and an additional 25,000 litres have been stored for emergency services.
“The safety of our citizens is our priority and we are working closely with all concerned partners to ensure everyone has obstacle-free access to cooling facilities during this particularly challenging period,” says Montreal mayor, Valérie Plante. “I invite everyone to show solidarity with our more vulnerable citizens and I would like to thank our employees for their exceptional mobilization.”
Urgences Santé, the 911 dispatch, has received 300 more calls than normal during the heat wave and ambulance drivers and paramedics have been working tirelessly.
The Ville de Montreal website recommends its citizens to take precautionary measures to beat the heat:
- Drink water often without waiting for signs of thirst
- Cool down frequently with a cool bath, shower or damp cloth
- Spend time in air conditioned places (malls, libraries, theatres)
- Limit physical activity
- Wear light clothing and hats
- Limit alcohol intake
The heat wave is expected to last through Thursday.